Ukrainian teenagers created robo-postcards

17 May 2023
VEX VR Art Canvas

More than 300 children from all over Ukraine took part in the VEXcode VR Art Canvas competition, which was held as part of the Dnipro open regional competition of creative robotics in the My Idea category, with the support of Association Noosphere. On May 15, the organizers announced the contest’s winners. 

A webinar was held for the 337 children and teenagers who registered to participate, during whichorganizers explained how to work with the VEXcode VR programming and Art Canvas platforms. The task of the competition was to create virtual postcards with the help of the VR Art Robot, as well as a video presentation of the project. The judges evaluated submissions based on their technical complexity, creativity, aesthetics, and design.

The young roboticists drew patriotic postcards, created portraits, flowers, and even depicted their own idea of creation of the universe.

Fourteen-year-old Maksym Yakovenko programmed the robot to create a postcard with the image of the chevron of the 95th Airborne Assault Brigade.

“I am from Kramatorsk. Back in 2014, the 95th Assault Brigade helped liberate my city, along with, Slovyansk, Lysychansk, and other cities of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. They also carried out the longest raid in history in August 2014. Now the brigade in Zhytomyr trains young fighters and sends them to fight for the integrity of our borders,” he said.

Ten-year-old Ivan Belyk painted a victory flower.

“I decided to do this project because the most important thing for me right now is Ukrainian victory. Therefore, I created a patriotic card with a flower, which consists of 36 blue and yellow rhombuses,” he explained.

Fifteen-year-old Vladyslav Zhovtonoh created another patriotic postcard.

“For me, as well as for all Ukrainians, the trident symbolizes our inseparable connection with the Motherland. In different periods of history, our trident has been a symbol of the struggle for independence. And a hundred years ago, the Ukrainian coat of arms contained the word freedom.” This is what Ukrainians have always aspired to — to live freely on their land,” he said.

The following participants were announced as winners:

For the 7-10 age group:

Ivan Belik from Zaporizhzhya with Flower of Victory

Oleksiy Lui from Ternopil with Robot-teacher

Heorhii Myhalko from Kharkiv with  The Digital World Around Us

For the 11-14 age group:

Yevgeny Lizvinsky from Zaporizhzhya with My Idea of the Universe.

Maxim Yakovenko from Kramatorsk, Donetsk Region To Victory with the 95th Separate Airborne Assault Brigade).

Oleksandr Lebid from Verkhnyodniprovsk, Dnipropetrovsk Region with Ukraine with Peace 

In the 15-18 age group:

Ilya Vershinin from Kryvyi Rih, Dnipropetrovsk Region with Portrait of a Man

Vladyslav Zhovtonoh  from Kryvyi Rih, Dnipropetrovsk Region with Will of the Nation

Svitlana Kvach from Kryvyi Rih, Dnipropetrovsk Region with Symbol of the Sun of the Slavs

All winners received gifts from Association Noosphere.